This will be a good introduction to desert riding as it will be mainly fast and smooth tracks in the morning, give valuable experience of gravel cornering skills. A deep gravel river bed provides a challenge halfway through the morning, though we make sure there are enough stops for you to catch your breath. We will offer riding tips as the day progresses for those who need them.
A picnic lunch followed by another one of those gravel river beds then a traverse of a large plain on fast, packed clay tracks, bring us to the village where we will spend the night in a mountain riad.
An interesting tarmac road winds through the foothills of the High Atlas to our first fuel and coffee stop and we hit the dirt on a beautifully flowing hilly track, that gets increasingly rough and challenging throughout the morning. A steep, and if there has been recent rain, rocky mountain pass at the end of the morning. A picnic lunch on the trail will be great.
The mountains become increasingly canyon-like in the afternoon, before a dramatic descent down the side of a canyon, brings us out onto the Draa Valley. A delightful piste runs through the ancient mud walled villages of this famous region, though there is the option of following the assistance vehicle on road to the hotel.
This morning we ride to the top of Jbel Zagora, a 300 metre mountain next to the town offering fantastic views of the Draa Valley to the North, and the desert to the South. We then head South on old Rallye tracks, where you can practice the skill of keeping the bike stable at high speed.
A picnic lunch while we refuel the bikes, before we head off on the fast and flowing tracks that head west to the sand dunes of Chegaga. Upon arrival at the bivouac, we enjoy the shade of the restaurant tent and some cold drinks before heading out into the dunes later in the afternoon for some dune practice. You will enjoy evening meal in the bivouac , also a campfire and Tuareg drummers entertain us .
Enjoy the desert sunrise if you are an early riser, then breakfast and “kit up”. This morning we continue the traverse of this section of desert, heading west to Foum Zguid. Initially rocky, the piste quickly smoothes out, and we are soon sailing across the (usually) dry lake bed of Lac Iriki. Find out how fast a KTM will really go.
We pick up an old Dakar piste which brings us into the town of Foum Zguid. We arrive at our hotel for lunch, and although there is a 3 hour loop of riding for those who have the energy, there is the option of just sitting by the pool and enjoying liquid refreshments.
Today, we will cross the Anti-Atlas mountains, and after a short tarmac liason, we arrive at an incredible gorge, where the local Berber villagers grow dates on an intensive scale. After one more village - and our last opportunity for shade until lunchtime, before we climb, climb, climb up dramatic tracks clinging to the side of this ancient mountain range.
A short descent and a quick blast across agricultural plains, brings us to Tazenakht for our lunch. The tour is nearly over, but the smooth and sweeping gravel track that brings us back to Ouarzazate is a delight.
Tour price includes :• The rental of one motorcycle.
• Hotel accommodation.
• Assistance vehicle and mechanic.
• Insurance of motorbike during our Tour.
• Medical or repatriation insurance.
Tour price does not include :• Airfare.
• Riding gear.
• Room service charges.
• Rest-day activities not included in our itinerary.
• pre-and-post tour hotel accommodations.
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